I Suppose That The Violent Sweat In Which
I Found Him Had Been Produced By Some Medicine, Which He Must Have
Taken In The Hope Of Curing Himself.
The peculiar rolling of the
eyes which I had remarked is, I believe, to experienced observers,
a pretty sure test of the plague.
A Russian acquaintance, of mine,
speaking from the information of men who had made the Turkish
campaigns of 1828 and 1829, told me that by this sign the officers
of Sabalkansky's force were able to make out the plague-stricken
soldiers with a good deal of certainty.
It so happened that most of the people with whom I had anything to
do during my stay at Cairo were seized with plague, and all these
died. Since I had been for a long time en route before I reached
Egypt, and was about to start again for another long journey over
the Desert, there were of course many little matters touching my
wardrobe and my travelling equipments which required to be attended
to whilst I remained in the city. It happened so many times that
Dthemetri's orders in respect to these matters were frustrated by
the deaths of the tradespeople and others whom he employed, that at
last I became quite accustomed to the peculiar manner which he
assumed when he prepared to announce a new death to me. The poor
fellow naturally supposed that I should feel some uneasiness at
hearing of the "accidents" which happened to persons employed by
me, and he therefore communicated their deaths as though they were
the deaths of friends.
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